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Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk: the fight of a thousand excuses


The Briton and the Ukrainian were all set to unify the heavyweight titles at Wembley on April 29. But they did not reach an agreement and the contract was diluted.

A mechanical fault in the car.

The obligation to accompany the mother-in-law to a shift with the traumatologist.

A broken pipe in the kitchen.

The need to take the dog to the vet.

Any argument can be useful when you want to evade a commitment.

The British Tyson Fury

seems to have used this bag of excuses

to dribble one of the most anticipated fights of these times in the boxing world: the one he was going to face next month with the Ukrainian Oleksandr


and that, at this time, It's parked on the boulevard of broken dreams.

Despite the fact that the papers had not yet been signed, everything indicated that Usyk, heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Association, the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Organization, would face Fury, monarch of the World Boxing Council,

the April 29 at Wembley to crown an undisputed king of heavyweight

for the first time since the big four governing bodies began to cohabit.

However, the devil is in the details (which, in cases like these, are sometimes priced high) and these days he stuck his tail.

The fight had begun to boil down on December 3, when Fury had ended his second, short-lived and improbable retirement with an inglorious victory against Zimbabwean Derek Chisora.

That night, Usyk followed the actions from the ring side and, after the outcome, he climbed into the ring.

On the roped and with a language difficult to find in the work of his compatriot William Shakespeare, the British blurted out:

"You are the next, little shit, fagot rabbit.

I already killed a Ukrainian (Wladimir Klitschko in 2015) and now I'm going to kill you, motherfucker, you little idiot

. "

Silent, the Olympic champion in London 2012 looked at him as if he were watching the flight of a flock of birds over a meadow.

So the seed for mourning was planted.

In his last presentation, Tyson Fury defeated the Zimbabwean Derek Chisora ​​at the Tottenham stadium in London.

Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters.

From that moment the negotiations between the teams of both began, in which an inequality criterion always flew over, despite the fact that a confrontation between two champions and between the two best exponents of the premier class was brewing.

The distribution of the bags was the first leonine condition that was wanted to be imposed: from Fury's offices it was suggested that the British would keep 70% and his adversary, with 30%.

While the men in suits were bidding, those in charge of distributing the blows were also doing their part in a field that is comfortable for them: social networks.

“From my point of view, you and your team are worth 30%.

Either take it or leave it


If you want to earn real money, come fight the Gypsy King.

Starting today, for every day you entertain yourself, I'm going to discount 1%.

Sign the contract, get your money and fuck off

," Fury told Usyk in a video posted to his Instagram account on March 10.

The response took just a few minutes to arrive:

Hey, greedy belly

, I accept your 70/30 deal offer.

But I promised to donate a million pounds to Ukraine immediately after the fight.

And for every day of delay, you will pay 1% of your purse to the Ukrainian people.

Done deal?"


During the frustrated negotiations, Oleksandr Usyk demanded that Tyson Fury donate one million pounds for Ukrainians affected by the war.

Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters.

Three days later, the open-air debate began to revolve around the point that would end up derailing the fight: a mandatory retaliation clause that no one had finished taking care of.

“Usyk's people are talking about putting a rematch clause.

What if there's no fucking clause for either of them?"

, Fury fought on Instagram.

“The clause came from your side, not mine.

Stop whining and sneaking around.

Be a man and sign the contract or leave the belt”

, retorted the Ukrainian.

By then, the team of the former undisputed champion of the cruise ships already suspected that the Englishman, with all these conditions, was only looking to run away.

“Let's imagine that Oleksandr accepts that there is no rematch.

So Fury will look for something else to get out of.

His credibility is in tatters.

The man is trying to escape

," accused Alex Krassuyk, Usyk's promoter.

Tyson Fury is the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion since February 2020, when he first beat Deontay Wilder.

Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP.

Despite mistrust and verbal disputes, the negotiations were never interrupted.

Last Sunday, a teleconference was held in which the promoters, managers and lawyers of both parties participated and in which the agreement for the distribution of the bags was ratified (70% for Fury and 30% for Usyk) and an agreement was reached. All the details for the April 29 matchup.

However, differences arose when debating the terms of a possible rematch.

The parties agreed that if the rematch took place in the Middle East, each side would negotiate its own package with the financiers of the evening, as happened when Usyk faced Anthony Joshua for the second time in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in August 2022

. The problem arose when the possibility of the retaliation taking place in the United Kingdom was raised:

Usyk's team maintained that the distribution of money should be 70/30 in favor of the winner of the first lawsuit;

Fury's, that this would be the distribution if his fighter was victorious in the first fight, but that it should be 50/50 if his man was defeated on April 29.

One of the arguments put forward by the

Gypsy King

's handlers was that Usyk had agreed to similar conditions when he signed his contract for the first fight with Joshua in September 2021. But then the Ukrainian was the challenger.

He was now trading from the position of a triple heavyweight champion, something his counterpart never seemed to appreciate.

“The man in the street doesn't know who has what belts.

He knows who Fury is, but he doesn't know who Oleksandr Usyk is

,” argued Frank Warren, Fury's co-promoter.

Oleksandr Usyk was already the undisputed cruiserweight champion and now he wants to be the heavyweight champion.

Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters.

The tussle came to a standstill on Wednesday, when the Ukrainian's promoter confirmed that the fight had definitely foundered.

“They went too far.

Oleksandr accepted 70/30 as a courtesy, because he was very willing to do this fight.

But if it is so complicated that Tyson tries to avoid it by putting up so many obstacles, then there is no need to put more effort into it

, "explained Alex Krassyuk in statements made on British radio TalkSport.

And he added: “If I started telling you the things that Fury wanted, 15 minutes wouldn't be enough.

There was a list of things that were absolutely unacceptable, a complete lack of respect."

Cordial but firm, Frank Warren disclaimed responsibility for the failure of the negotiations and defended the distribution of the bags that he had raised for a potential revenge.

“The amount of money that (Usyk) would earn in the event of a rematch would be significant.

It would be more money as a loser than he would make as a champion fighting any of the other guys he could face

,” he alleged.

"They can disguise it as they want, but they withdrew (from the negotiation)," he said.

Much less diplomatic was Fury to load the inks on his frustrated rival for the cancellation of the fight.

"You were never man enough to face the

Gypsy King

, you fucking coward

," the 34-year-old boxer told him through a video, whose future was once again tinged with uncertainty.

“I don't know what he wants to do.

Everything is very raw right now.

He may retire," Frank Warren surmised.

The Mexican Andy Ruiz self-postulated to face Tyson Fury.

For now, some have already raised their hands to confront him.

The first was the Mexican Andy Ruiz

, former WBA, IBF and WBO monarch, who self-appointed through Instagram.

No one can question him for his attempt, since in this way he got, when he was little less than an unknown to the general public, the chance for him to face and defeat Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden in June 2019 . 

For his part, promoter Eddie Hearn nominated Joshua as an adversary, who next weekend will face American Jermaine Franklin in London.

“For Fury, that fight would be, financially speaking, twice as big as Usyk's.

And we could sign right now, subject to a win against Franklin,” he proposed.

Joshua wasn't too excited about that chance:

“I can't say I'm going to wait for that old geezer.

There are other great fights I can do.

If he's available, so am I.

If he's not there, he doesn't care

. "

The British Daniel Dubois is emerging as the next opponent of Oleksandr Usyk.

Photo: Peter Cziborra / Reuters.

For the undefeated Usyk, winner of his 20 paid bouts,

time is ticking now

, as he has three mandatory challengers on hold.

Due to the rotation system established by the organizations for the unified champions, the first on the list is the British Daniel Dubois, regular WBA monarch (the Ukrainian is recognized as a super champion).

And behind them are the Croatian Filip Hrgovic, number one in the IBF ranking, and the Englishman Joe Joyce, interim WBO champion.

Usyk's team announced that this weekend they would begin to prepare their fighter's next presentation, which would take place in June or July.

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